Four Doors Down

Abandoned

Four consecutive doors in a mostly abandoned residential street in Aveiro, Portugal. House numbers 38, 40, 42, and for some reason, 34a.

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Pink October for Breast Cancer Awareness

Nyhavn Sunset Pink

Nyhavn Sunset, Copenhagen, Denmark

For my sister Lisa who is an 8-year survivor.

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Sunday Stills: Getting There

Sail Away

Sailboats, Nyhavn, Copenhagen, Denmark

 

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Gamla Uppsala, Sweden

Today my friends took me to the Uppsala Commune, north of Stockholm. We walked around Gamla Uppsala which has huge burial mounds of Viking kings and a small medieval church.

I was surprised at the massive size of the burial mounds dating from the 6th and/or 7th centuries.

A short walk from the mounds is the Old Uppsala Church. The small but beautiful structure is what remains of a large 12th- century church that burned in the early 13th century. Originally a Catholic church, it is now Lutheran.

Building adjacent to the church. Unknown purpose.

On the Road Again: Copenhagen

Arrived this afternoon for two weeks in Copenhagen, Aarhus, and Stockholm. Staying around the corner from Nyhavn.

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Cistercian Sweets

Cornucópia, Pastelaria Alcoa, Chiado, Lisbon, Portugal

Cornucópia, a egg cream pastry from the Alcobaça region, in the window of Pastelaria Alcoa, in the Chiado district of Lisbon. The crunchy cone is hand stretched and fried in olive oil, then filled with the egg cream.

Pastelaria Alcoa specializes in “conventual” pastry (pastry originally made by monk and nuns in Portugal) and follows the traditional recipes created by the Cistercian monks of Alcobaça. Convents and monasteries began creating sweets in the 15th-century when the growth of global trade routes brought spices, sugar, and other ingredients to Portugal. Over 200 sweets are still made using the original recipes, many of them kept secret. Numerous places in Portugal are identified with a specific pastry; just check out the local bakeries and you can’t miss them.

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